Black Friday by Alex Kava (#7 Maggie O’Dell)

Black Friday (Maggie O'Dell, #7)

Black Friday by Alex Kava

Published: 2009



Black Friday by Alex Kava is the 7th in the FBI Profiler Maggie O’Dell Series.

It is the the busiest shopping day of the year.  It is the day after Thanksgiving (known as Black Friday), and the largest shopping mall in the U.S., the “Mall of America” expects 150,000-200,000 visitors.  Instead, shopping comes to a sudden halt when three separate explosions rock the mall.  It is quickly determined that the bombs were in backpacks carried by three young college students.

The students thought they were just carrying devices that would disrupt computer services within the mall, to protest that the retailers are selling goods made out of the country.  But they are being used.  Their backpacks are detonated remotely, and two of the three are killed immediately.  The third boy and his girlfriend are kidnapped.

Maggie and her new boss (Assistant Director Ray Kunze) head to the mall.  So does Maggie’s old friend Nick Morelli, who has recently taken on a new job with United Allied Security, the company that is in charge of security for the Mall of America.  Charlie Wurth from Homeland Security is also present, as well as the local police.  Unknown to Maggie, her half-brother Patrick is also at the mall . He was with one of the students carrying a backpack.

Things are going to get a little bit worse before they get any better.  Patrick may be able to identify the mastermind.

Alex Kava has written another fast-paced novel.  I’m not happy with the Nick Morelli angle, as that should have died a natural death a while ago.  I also think Kava may have rushed things a little, as getting from Point A to B to C seemed a little confusing (like maybe point B was missed).  But the home-grown terrorism angle was really interesting. As well, I like the fact that Maggie and her new boss do not immediately see eye-to-eye.  It feels real.

Overall, while not my favorite, I still love this series.


Re-Read: June 2017


Favorite Quotes from Black Friday:

“Christmases after his death were usually as unpredictable as they were untenable. It depended on how early in the day—or the evening before—her mother decided to start the festivities and who the guests would be—Jim Beam, José Cuervo or Jack Daniel. If the year had been especially successful, Johnnie Walker might replace all the others.”


About the Author:  Alex Kava is the NY Times best-selling author of this Maggie O’Dell Series.  She  has also written a new Ryder Creed series, as well as stand-alone novels.  Before devoting her time to writing, she held a variety of jobs, mostly in marketing and advertising.  She started her own graphic design company, designing food packages and logos for various national companies.   Kava currently divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska and Pensacola, Florida.  She has a pack of Westies.


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